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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Announces Two Exhibitions for Summer 2021 That Question Perceptions

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Dan Estabrook, The Crown, 2020, tintype

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston will present an exhibition of multimedia works by artist Jibade-Khalil Huffman entitled “You Are Here” and an exhibition of photographs and objects by Dan Estabrook entitled “Wunderkammer” for summer 2021.

The exhibition will be on view in the Halsey Institute galleries from May 14 – July 17, 2021. Gallery hours are 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday – Saturday and 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Thursdays. The galleries are closed on Sundays. The Halsey Institute galleries are open to the public and admission is free.

ABOUT JIBADE-KHALIL HUFFMAN: YOU ARE HERE

Jibade-Khalil Huffman mines images and texts, searching for latent meaning and hidden memories. Using a wide array of media including lightboxes, video, performance, photography, text, and installation, Huffman uses his work to expose power structures and racial dynamics in popular imagery. His heavily layered images beckon viewers to form connections between recognizable images and the personal pentimenti of our own existences. For You Are Here, Jibade-Khalil will create a new installation, building on the materials and themes he’s explored in recent years.

ABOUT DAN ESTABROOK: WUNDERKAMMER

In Wunderkammer, the work of Dan Estabrook oscillates between image and object and back again. Using antiquated forms of photography, such as salt prints and tintypes, Estabrook examines the objecthood of photography and its ability to represent the truth. He often combines multiple tintypes or adds metal to his images, further commenting on photography’s connection to reality. Interested in the studio as a site for fabrication, Estabrook’s sleight of hand in creating still life tableaux asks viewers to reconsider why things appear as they do.

Dan Estabrook discovered photography in his teens through the underground magazines of the punk-rock and skateboarding cultures of the 1980s. Estabrook has continued to make contemporary art using the photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing, and other works on paper.

Early photographers sought to correct by hand the technical limitations of their new art, yet over time it is their handwork that can seem to tell the real story: a rose-tinted cheek could now be brighter than the faded face it once enlivened. In combining the hand-made image with the magic of the machine, Estabrook’s “corrections” and re-imaginings can begin to tell a tale of their own–a hand holds an invisible sculpture, a braid turns to rope, a painted sea doesn’t quite hide what it should.

Using 19th-century techniques and celebrating their flaws and failures, Estabrook makes seemingly anonymous photographs in order to re-imagine a more personal and dream-like history of photography, seen from a 21st-century perspective. With these processes, he can create his own “found photos”–highly personal objects in which to hide secrets and stories. Estabrook is not interested in revisiting the past; instead, he wishes to make contemporary work inspired by the ever-growing gap.

EVENTS DURING YOU ARE HERE AND WUNDERKAMMER

Member Preview Day for You Are Here and Wunderkammer
Thursday, May 13, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Free admission for all Halsey Institute members
RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu with your desired reservation hour and the number of spaces needed. Join or renew your membership at halsey.cofc.edu/sustain/join
Current Halsey Institute members at any level can reserve one of 15 hourly spots to view the exhibition the day before it opens to the general public.

Virtual Artist Talk: Dan Estabrook
Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 PM
Free admission and open to the public
This event will happen online at halsey.cofc.edu/live
Exhibiting artist Dan Estabrook will speak with visitors about his exhibition and art-making process.

Virtual Artist Talk: Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 PM
Free admission and open to the public
This event will happen online at halsey.cofc.edu/live
Exhibiting artist Jibade-Khalil Huffman and curator Katie Hirsh will speak with visitors about his exhibition and art-making process.

Halsey Talks: Photography and Objecthood
Monday, June 7, 7:00 PM
Free admission and open to the public
This event will happen over Zoom. RSVP to Bryan Granger at GrangerBW@cofc.edu to participate
Halsey Talks are an ongoing series of roundtable discussions on intriguing concepts in art. While they may take advantage of exhibitions on view at the Halsey Institute, they are open-ended in nature.

Curator-led Tour of You Are Here and Wunderkammer
Thursday, July 15, 7:00 PM
Free admission for all Halsey Institute members
This event will happen over Zoom. RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu.
Join or renew your membership at halsey.cofc.edu/sustain/join
Join the Halsey Institute’s curators for an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition. Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, and meet other Halsey Institute lovers!
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